• Natural Stone Flooring In Your Home

    Natural stone in your home is such a beautiful addition, whether its on the floor, wall, fireplace or worktop surfaces. Like with anything though it needs to be cared for and looked after properly.

    The main thing that upsets me is improper cleaning and maintenance of stone in the home. A lot of products you buy off the shelf are damaging to your stone. Also improper installation of stone can have a huge affect on the final finish and over use of the stone surface.

    We always recommend having your stone impregnated before the tiles/surfaces are installed ( before grouting is carried out) and then we recommend that they are impregnated after the floor is installed.

    This will stop any staining or dirt affecting the overall finish the surface. Sometimes these damages done during installation are irreversible when it comes to cleaning.

    Why is impregnation important?

    Impregnation is very important for natural stone surfaces. Impregnation, unlike a seal, soaks into the stone tile which enables the stone to still breath. A seal is a layer that sits on top of the stone and does not let the stone naturally breathe. The seal will wear out quicker and the area will need to be stripped and re-sealed more often then with an impregnated surface.

    How do we clean natural stone flooring?

    When carrying out a natural stone cleaning job, we follow these guidelines,

    * Job preparation

    * During the job

    * Completion of the job

    Job preparation.

    First of all we carry out a quote to let you know what the best method of cleaning will be. We will advise you on what stains we think will come out and what staining we think will be permanent. We will also inform you on the best final finish on the floor whether you require it impregnated, sealed or highly glossed.

    We then protect all the cupboards, doors, skirting boards and carpeting with protective plastics and tarpaulins.

    If there are any loose tiles or grouting work that needs to be carried out, we will get a tiler we wok closely with to come out and fix the area before any cleaning can take place.

    During the job

    During the job we get rid of all the loose dirt by using brushes and vacuums. We then clean the area using hand brushes and machine brushes with our cleaning solution, paying close attention to any staining as we go. We then use another piece of machinery to rinse and extract away all the dirty water. We can do the cleaning process sometimes 2-3 times. We then remove all the protective plastic sheeting and tarpaulins that we have put done and we clean up if needs be.

    We will then treat the floor with what ever finishing treatment you require.

    Job completion

    On completion of the job we will advise you on the best maintenance plan for your flooring to keep it in pristine condition all year round, we leave you with a bottle of cleaning maintenance solution and an application flat mop.

    We do offer a free demonstrations of our natural stone cleaning services. This will include cleaning an area of your dirtiest stone surface, so you can see the results we can get for you.

    Please visit us at Plymouth Stone Care

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